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NLC Meeting Ends In Deadlock

The meeting had in attendance senior officials of the ministry, the National President of the NLC, Joe Ajaero, the General Secretary, Emmanuel Ugboaja, National President of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Titus Amba among others.


07:30 PM WAT, Mon September 18, 2023

The meeting between the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Federal Government on Monday ended in a deadlock with another one scheduled for a later date.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong, is also expected to meet with the representatives of the Trade Union Congress led by its national president, Festus Osifo, later Today.

The meeting had in attendance senior officials of the ministry, the national president of the NLC, Joe Ajaero, the general secretary, Emmanuel Ugboaja, national president of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Titus Amba among others.

Access24 reports that the Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong on Monday said that past industrial actions by labour unions had adverse effects on Nigeria’s economy.

The Minister stated this in Abuja on Monday at the scheduled meeting with the leaders of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) commenced in an effort to stop the Organised Labour from embarking on another industrial action.

He therefore appealed to the labour leaders to be realistic and frank in the discussions, as Lalong expressed optimism that the meeting would lead to a resolution that is of national interest.

In his response, the President of the NLC, Joe Ajaero, said his team was in the meeting with mixed feelings, stressing that whether “something will happen or not,” noting that similar meetings in the past never yielded positive responses.

He also noted that the past strikes that the minister referred to were a result of the frustration Nigerian workers faced due to the effects of the hardship occasioned by the removal of fuel subsidies.

Ajaero further said that none of the agreements with the FG had been addressed despite a series of meetings that had been held.